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Writing Strong Sentences Prewriting Objectives: 1.To keep in mind the audience, purpose, and occasion for writing 2.To find and use specific, vivid words 3.To identify and use fresh similies and metaphors
Audience, Purpose, & Occasion (formal or informal)
Choosing Vivid Words They walked on in silence through the blackness of the hemlock- shaded lane, where Ethans sawmill gloomed through the night, and out again into the comparative clearness of the fields. On the farther side of the hemlock belt the open country rolled away before them grey and lonely under the stars. Sometimes their way led them under the shade of an overhanging bank or through the thin obscurity of a clump of leafless trees. Here and there a farmhouse stood far back among the fields, mute and cold as a grave-stone. The night was so still that they heard the frozen snow crackle under their feet. --Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome
Choosing Vivid Words Write specific four replacement words for each the following: General Nounnoise ________ ________ General Verbwalked ________ ________
Using Figurative Language Figurative is the opposite of literal. similemakes a comparison between two unlike things using like or as. metaphormakes a comparison between two unlike things.
1."Juliet is the sun." (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.) 2.Tracy felt as sick as a parrot. 3."..the perfect sky is torn." (Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn") 4.The traffic is murder. 5.Tom is as deaf as a post. 6."Life's but a walking shadow." (Shakespeare, Macbeth.) 7.She ran like the wind. 8.I'm as light as a feather. 9."The sun's a thief." (Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.) 10.Kitty is the apple of her mother's eye. 11."Death lies upon her like an untimely frost." (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.) 12.My feet are as warm as toast. 13."There's more life in a tramp's vest." (Stereophonics, "more life in a tramp's vest.") 14.Tom is deaf. 15."Everyday is a winding road& " (Sheryl Crow, "Everyday is a winding road.") 16.My eyes are blue. 17."England & is a fen of stagnant waters." (Wordsworth.) 18."Their smiles, wan as primroses." (Keats.) 19.The cucumber is cool. 20.Your beauty shines like the sun. 21."Love is blind, as far as the eye can see." (The Spice Girls, "Too Much.") 22.She looked as pretty as a picture. 23.James was as cool as a cucumber. 24.His feet are as black as coal. 25."It's been a hard day's night / And I've been working like a dog." (Lennon and McCartney.) 26.You Fit into Me you fit into me like a hook into an eye a fish hook an open eye Margaret Atwood (1939- )
The Writer by Richard WilburRichard Wilbur In her room at the prow of the house Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden, My daughter is writing a story. I pause in the stairwell, hearing From her shut door a commotion of typewriter- keys Like a chain hauled over a gunwale. Young as she is, the stuff Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy: I wish her a lucky passage. But now it is she who pauses, As if to reject my thought and its easy figure. A stillness greatens, in which The whole house seems to be thinking, And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor Of strokes, and again is silent. I remember the dazed starling Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago; How we stole in, lifted a sash And retreated, not to affright it; And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door, We watched the sleek, wild, dark And iridescent creature Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove To the hard floor, or the desk-top, And wait then, humped and bloody, For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits Rose when, suddenly sure, It lifted off from a chair-back, Beating a smooth course for the right window And clearing the sill of the world. It is always a matter, my darling, Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish What I wished you before, but harder.